While Alonso is already looking forward to renewing his challenge next season, he can be certain that he will face opposition from Vettel, who revealed that his build-up had already started, albeit inadvertently.
"I had a very good night after the [final] race, but felt so bad the next morning that I thought I had to go to the gym to get rid of it, so it's started all over again," he smiled.
Vettel has already been back in the RB8 since Interlagos, taking to the streets of Graz to celebrate with his and Red Bull Racing's fans. Not content with simply doing a few runs around the town square, however, the German then slapped a road licence onto the engine cover and blasted the car down the public highway to the nearby Red Bull Ring – a venue he hopes to see return to the F1 schedule.
“I was at the inauguration and had the chance to drive there,” he told Austria's laola1.at
website, “The track is completely F1 compatible, so I don't know why we don't go there. For [Red Bull], it would be great for it to be our home grand prix.”